Coaches facing former clubs is very much the theme in Leinster men’s division one with four men going back to their old haunts in search of a result.
IHA announce first and second round draws for men’s and women’s Irish Junior Cup, Irish Hockey Trophy and Irish Hockey Challenge
Player-coach Mick McGuinness was on the mark as his Suttonians side continued their winning ways; Avoca stay level top with Kilkenny moving up to third
What direction YMCA and Railway Union end up looking in the table over the long-term could have plenty to do with how they do on the third Saturday of the men’s Leinster division one season; men’s division one and two preview
Avoca produced an incredible late comeback to join Suttonians at the top of men’s division two, coming back from 3-1 down against Three Rock Rovers II to win 4-3.
For David Bane and Graham O’Neill, the message is clear that both would probably prefer the crunch game between Fingal and Rathgar to have come a few weeks further down the line.
Avoca, Suttonians and Pembroke II picked up all three points from the opening round of Leinster men’s division two games as they saw off Kilkenny, Weston and TRR II; Monkstown II and Clontarf drew
The great unknown. After many years of debate over the make-up of Leinster men’s division two, a definitive decision to change was made in the spring, opening up the league to second teams.
Gareth Borland’s early penalty corner rebound saw Clontarf round off a successful opening weekend to the Leinster hockey season, landing the Neville Cup in Mount Temple.
The competitive Leinster hockey season will get underway on Saturday in Mount Temple with six teams contesting the rejjgged Neville Davin Cup.
Monkstown, YMCA, Corinthian, Rathgar and Avoca lay claim to silverware as the U-16 league, Railway, Junior, Minor and Galtrim Cup all reach final conclusion
While last week’s double weekend was the making or breaking of many teams, Saturday’s fourth round is likely to see some men’s Irish Hockey League final four tickets nailed down.
Six divisional cup titles and the inaugural LHA Trophy were handed out at Grange Road on Sunday as the Leinster ladies season closed with a flurry of silverware distributed; Glenanne and UCD were the big winners, landing two titles each
Clontarf claimed the division two playoff spot as they showed a clinical edge against Dublin Uni that was absent earlier in the week against the same opposition; Rathgar finish 13-points clear; Suttonians claim third
Having negotiated the international break the best of anyone, UCD find themselves in a golden position to close out the Leinster women’s division one title with their full boat available.
The battle for the playoff spot did not move especially closer to a conclusion as the three central protagonists stay virtually as they were, Clontarf and Suttonians drawing while Trinity fell to Rathgar
Despite admitting he came into the job with “zero experience and zero qualifications”, Paddy Conlon’s first coaching gig has already yielded a trophy as the upshot of UCD’s 2-0 win over Monkstown meant Pembroke claimed Leinster men’s division one
Just three seasons since formation as the Chiefs, Rathgar have hit the big time as goals from Dan Needham and star man Gary Sharman saw them claim the Leinster men’s division two title with three games to spare.
Rathgar twice came from behind to move to the precipice of a first stint in division one, now needing just one point from their remaining four games as they saw off the only side that can now still catch them.
Andrew Meredith’s World League panel took another hit on the eve of their departure as Peter Caruth was forced out of the trip to Asia due to a leg injury; international absentees make for intriguing Leinster league ties